Saturday, July 30, 2011

One down, millions to go

One guy who definitely deserved it got a swift kick in the nads.

I think we should send the to Washington, DC to take part in the Great Deficit "Debate".

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: MPG edition

Obama Announces Deal to Boost Fuel Economy

As in the novel, apparently we can simply wish new things into existence--such as people's willingness to buy and drive tiny cars and electric vehicles, the ability to extract more BTUs from a gallon of gas than it contains and the ability to bend large businesses to your will.

Oh yeah..I forgot about those "bailouts" (nudge, nudge; wink, wink) of Chrysler and GM. Never mind that last point.

And in the Peoples' Republic of Great Britain

(Via the Drudge Report)

George Orwell just picked up several hundred RPMs in his grave.

Those evil capitalists

They simply refuse to accommodate Glorious Leader's plans...

"We were following the script from 2008. When the market collapsed after TARP failed, that spooked everyone enough to get them to fall in line. We thought the same thing would happen this week," he said.

Why can't they all admit that Obama knows best?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pournelle on the deficit

He also proposes a solution. Worth reading, especially the part on how a "cut" may not actually be a cut as us proles understand the word.

When the state hands you lemons

You of course make lemonade.

And with the help of a fellow sympathetic capitalist, toss it right in the state's (metaphorical) face.

Officer Friendly apparently makes this a habit

(Via Gun Talk Radio on Facebook)

The police department is investigating a second incident involving an officer already under scrutiny for his conduct during the arrest of a man with a gun.

The circumstances of the incidents differ: One, from June, involves a driver with a license to carry a concealed gun. The other, from July of last year, concerns a backseat passenger without the legal right to be armed in a vehicle.

But they both include video of patrolman Daniel Harless using profanity and threats during an early morning traffic stop.

Once again, good old Officer Harless threatens to kill someone in the video at the link above. While this incident is less clear-cut than the first, it still seems like a gross over-reaction from my perspective.

However, it could be that Officer Harless is simply acting as Cnaton Police Chief Dean McKimm apparently believes he should.

Generally speaking, police officers who encounter a gun need to let the suspect know that they view it as a life and death situation, that they are taking control and that they will do what is necessary to make sure the gun isn’t used against them, other officers or bystanders, McKimm said.

Even if the gun is legally carried and is of no threat to the officer, it seems.

"Atlas Shrugged" was a warning, not a manual: OK, we'll do it in stages

(Via the Drudge Report)

Detroit neighborhoods with more people and a better chance of survival will receive different levels of city services than more blighted areas under a plan unveiled Wednesday that some residents fear may pit them against each other for scarce resources.

Mayor Dave Bing released details from his Detroit Works Project, calling the changes a "short-term intervention" necessary because the city, with limited financial resources, a $155 million budget deficit and a dwindling population, was spread dangerously thin.

Let's see..."short term"--check. Limited resources that must be deployed efficiently--check. Write off "blighted areas"--check.

Next step is to change the signs at the Detroit city limits to say "Welcome to Starnesville".


It's a miracle!

It seems that Education Armageddon has been postponed in Charlotte as well. Odd how this is working out--"OMG we'll have to lay off zillions of teachers if the Republicans' budget is passed!" has changed to "Hey, let's hire some more!"

Apparently, the Republicans didn't cut enough....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What a joke

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's office said Wednesday that its revised plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling would deliver about $65 billion more in cuts over a 10-year period than an earlier version.

Really? That's the best you can do?

With "leadership" like this, we had all better stop fooling around with deck chairs and get to the lifeboat stations right now. I hear the water is cold....

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hey, President Zero!

It's only going to be a default if that's what you order it to be. Checks on the available tax revenues will be written no matter what; it's up to you to see that the interest on the national debt is paid first, rather than you and your cabals paychecks.

In other words, would you like some cheese with that whine?

M-m-m-m...probably not

CNBC thinks that guns sales are a promising sign of life in the economy. Somehow, I'm not convinced. I think it's more of Round 2 of taking President Zero at his word. He wants our guns, and we're sending our "Hell no!" back to him.

I also wouldn't be surprised to find out that another part of the demand isn't perceived crimes rates and fear that "Things are going to get worse".

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Atlas Shrugged" was a Warning, not a Manual: When private money belongs to the public

You know, when you start looking for it this stuff is happening everywhere, every day of the week.

There's a long story behind this one, in which the Wake County (NC) government school system decided that discriminating against kids and their parents based on economic status was wrong. Major local media outlet thinks that wrong is right, and is now complaining that some parent-teacher organizations are helping their associated schools more than others are helping theirs.

Note to socialists everywhere: This is why we work and strive to be successful--so that we can do these things. This is opposed to your ethic, where you steal from us and use it to buy favor in quarters where people do not strive. Beware of the outcome when we decide that we are tired of being stolen from and decide to act on that decision.

To those parents with children in the "rich" schools, a thought. If you can afford to do this, why not put that money to work and put your kids in a private school instead?